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Summer Co-Ed Baby Shower

I'm planning a co ed baby shower in two weeks for 30 people from 3-8 pm and wanted to see how this menu sounds:

Crudite platter with Olive creme fraiche dip
Cheese tray
Homemade Guacamole and Salsa

Grilled Chicken

Pasta Salad (chicken, pesto, olives, feta, sundried tomatoes)
Green Salad
Fruit wishing well (carved watermelon well with pineapple, cantelope, honeydue and watermelon)
Garlic Bread


Bottled water

What am I missing? What doesn't see right?

Thanks for your help!!!

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  1. I think this sounds great. I have to admit, the guacamole and salsa are the only mexican thing, so that seems a little out of place. Perhaps you could substitute a mediteranian spread with roasted peppers, olives and marinated artichokes? Or something more "American" like deviled eggs? Not sure if you have any veggies in your group, but you may want to consider making the pasta salad w/o chicken to serve those folks. Finally, I would add iced tea to the beverage list. I am preggers and about all I want are arnold palmers - 1/2 iced tea and 1/2 lemonade = delicious!!

    Enjoy your shower. I think it sounds great!

    1. I agree about providing a main-dish-type veg option by taking the chicken out of the pasta salad. Another thing that occurred to me is that there are two things with olives in them. I LOVE olives, but have a few friends who find them disgusting and can't/won't eat anything that includes them -- I'm normally not about tweaking every little thing to picky people's tastes, but olives do seem to be quite polarizing! ;)

      Other than that, it looks really good! :)

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      1. re: LauraGrace

        I was going to say that too. I would have whole pitted olives on the crudite platter with a herb (dill, parsley, sorrel etc) creme fraiche dip with a little lemon juice and zest for some zip. For dessert, such a fresh menu calls out for do-it yourself shortcakes. You could have shortcakes, whipped cream, and cut strawberries, peaches, raspberries and have people assemble them as they please.

      2. wine!!! for the non beer drinkers.
        And I wouldn't worry about the salsa and guac thing. In my house its a staple whether its mexican night or not. I just think it's like chips and dip - it can go anywhere.
        Since you are grilling, you could grill the garlic bread just for fun. It's yummy.
        Way to go! It looks great!

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        1. re: julesincoq

          I agree about the salsa/guac. Doesn't have to fit the theme and salsa is a big crowd pleaser (guac can be in certain groups but where I live people are very closed minded, so it would depend on the group).

        2. Grilled veggies, perhaps. They could be cooked ahead and then re-warmed on the grill while the meats are resting.

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          1. re: weezycom

            I like the grilled veggies idea. Any combination of zucchini, yellow squash, green/red/yellow peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli/cauliflower florettes, pineapple chunks and if you precook, then warm at the end, you can even throw in some cherry tomatoes. As for the drinks, Maybe sangria? Nice drink and pretty for a group.

            1. re: weezycom

              concur. i'd probably do some portabello mushroom caps for the "veggie" option alongside the chicken, ribs, and sausage.

            2. sounds wonderful, I do agree that if you do have any vegetarians - they could be limited to just your green salad and fruit salad.

              I've made an awesome grilled salad from I believe epicurious - found it!!!! I've had it several times, often with a bunch of mixed greens in teh middle:

              have a blast

              1. The one thing you may have done but didn't mention is to check with the expectant mother. I'm pregnant right now myself and even though I didn't have morning sickness or particular cravings, by the time of my shower there were definitely things I was trying to avoid or other certain eating preferences. Not that you have to plan your whole menu around her but at least double check to make sure there will be food/drink to suit her.

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                1. re: cookie44

                  Also there are lots of food that are recommended not to be consumed. My best friend says she can't decide if being pregnant if worth giving up her favorite cheese.

                2. you might also consider offering a fish option - not necessarily for mom-to-be, but for those that don't want poultry or meat, and aren't veggie... i suggested portabello caps below, but maybe also tuna cakes or salmon croquettes (my triumph from the bridal shower i catered last weekend).

                  1. IMO, you should skip the pasta salad unless you do another combination. Here, you have feta, olives & chicken; things that you're already serving but now you're combining them for yet another dish (you're already doing a cheese tray & now serving feta in the pasta) Why not combine something like sundried tomatoes, artichokes, frozen & thawed peas in a lemon herb sauce for pasta or at least use different ingredients.

                    Unless you know you're guests are vegetarians, I wouldn't worry about doing a vegetarian main. Other than that, I see nothing wrong with anything else you've got. Guacamole & salsa is fine...it doesn't just have to be on a Mexican themed menu...